The documentary tracks the education of group of children in less developed countries around the world. Over a span of 12 years, we get to witness the children's hopes, dreams, and fears, as well as their struggles not just to stay in school, but also to overcome life challenges, and sometimes even to survive. By the end of the documentary, you will gain a much better appreciation for the value of an education, as well as an awareness of how difficult it really is for many people in the world to get an education.
The documentary ends on a rather positive note, perhaps in order to inspire and instill hope, or perhaps simply because the children in the film were fortunate enough to make the best out of schooling to improve their lives. However, it is likely that they were still the exceptions rather than the norm, and thus it'd be much better if the film could highlight some of the many challenges that still remain. Nevertheless, this is still an honest, intimate, and inspiring portrayal of the fight to stay in school of children in many parts of the world.